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Tossa de Mar, La Selva, Girona (Spain).

ENGLISH
Tossa de Mar is a holiday resort located in Catalonia on the Costa Brava, about 95 kilometres north of Barcelona and 100 kilometres south of the French border. It is accessible through Girona airport, some distance north.

There is ample evidence of settlements dating back to the Neolithic period, and it is believed that the area has been continuously populated since that time. Between the 4th century BC and the 1st century BC appeared the first Iberian settlements, followed shortly after by the Romans in the 1st century.

In 966 Tossa is ceded by Count Miró of Barcelona to the Abbey of Ripoll. Some two centuries latter, in 1187 Tossa is granted its charter by the Abbot of Ripoll, coinciding with the building of a church atop Mount Guardí, the remnants of which can still be seen today.

Sometime in the 12th century the mediaeval town was walled off and a castle was built on the highest point of Mt. Guardí, this castle was to be subsequently replaced by a wind mill, and this in turn by a lighthouse which is still operational.

By the year 1500 the first houses were built extra-muros to accommodate population growth. This process was greatly accelerated during the 17th and 18th centuries, shaping an urban configuration which was to remain practically unchanged until the arrival of mass tourism in the 1950s.

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CASTELLANO
Tossa de Mar, también llamado Tossa, es un municipio de 5.260 habitantes (INE 2005) perteneciente a la provincia de Gerona, Cataluña (España). Situada en la comarca de La Selva, su ubicación en la Costa Brava hace que sea un destino turístico importante.

En la bahía de Tossa, posee un recinto amurallado románico, la Vila Vella, en un pequeño promontorio en plena playa con siete torres circulares, se estima su origen en el siglo XII para evitar los ataques de piratas. En su interior los restos de una iglesia y el palacio del gobernador del siglo XIV. Cerca del recinto se encuentran los hallazgos arqueológicos de lo que fuera una villa romana del siglo IV, la villa romana de Els Ametllers. Posee un museo municipal dentro del propio recinto con colecciones arqueológicas, de pintura local y extranjera, escultura y vidrio.

En los años 50, Ava Gardner y James Mason llegaron a la pequeña localidad para rodar "Pandora y el holandés errante" y eso le dio cierta fama al pueblo, en cuyo filme se bautizó "Esperanza".

Marc Chagall la bautizó con el nombre de "Paraíso azul" en 1933.

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  1. mcgillies 82 months ago | reply

    Beautiful.

    A+++ Grade Photo

  2. papalars 82 months ago | reply

    Una foto muy tranquila. Me encanta!

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    WINNER
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  4. limegreen_kayak 82 months ago | reply

    Very nice!!! Wonderful composition!!!
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  5. smoothna 82 months ago | reply

    Perfect composition:)

  6. Puckyireth 82 months ago | reply

    És preciosa, m'encanta la tonalitat blavosa que té, la situa dins del mar tot i estar-ne fora. La persona de la roca la trobo molt ben posada.
    Tossa de Mar és un lloc ideal, crec que és de les poques "platges" que m'agraden de moment, té molt d'encant.
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  7. David Giral | davidgiralphoto.com 82 months ago | reply

    I had missed this one too, excellent... (might be a tad underexposed to me)

  8. V a n e s a 78 months ago | reply

    Preciosa composición!!
    Ahora mismo caigo de quien eres.. no te había reconocido el cambio de nick.

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  9. Paco Rivière 73 months ago | reply

    Amb el teu permís, n'he fet aquest segell: www.flickr.com/photos/friviere/2448957411/

  10. lecu_lillas 56 months ago | reply

    Bonita toma... a mí me pierden esas barquitas en la playa :-)

  11. VinothChandar 51 months ago | reply

    awesome capture!

  12. Pat McDonald 6 months ago | reply

    Beautiful ...

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